The picture was in fact taken on Rue Saint-Antoine in the Marais quarter of the city.
The church is dedicated to Saint Paul and Saint Louis. The present building was constructed from 1627 to 1641 by the Jesuit architects Étienne Martellange and François Derand on the orders of Louis XIII of France.
The first stone was laid by the King in 1627 for the Jesuits in the same street as the old chapel of St Paul. Its first name was 'église Saint-Louis de la maison professe des Jésuites', in reference to the Maison Professe des Jésuites attached to it.
Its design included traditional French elements as well as others inspired by Italian church architecture. It may be compared to the Gesu in Rome, though it is longer and wider than that church. Its plan is a compromise between the Gesu's single nave flanked by side chapels and the traditional French cruciform plan, as is to be seen in its long transepts.
The tall windows in these prominent transepts and the short eastern apse allow in large amounts of light and the dome under the crossing also recalls Italian architecture of a slightly earlier period, such as that of Carlo Maderno. In contrast, the high proportions (the dome is 55 metres high) are more comparable to French Gothic architecture.
The façade is also Italian but with French Gothic verticality and Dutch high ornamentation. Its main inspiration was the 1618 façade of the église Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais de Paris by Salomon de Brosse, which has the same design of three bays with two levels on the side bays and three levels for the central bay, highlighted by a projection and doubled columns. It uses Corinthian columns on the two lower levels and composite order columns on the rest.
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jurek1951 (40949) 2014-03-17 1:47
a beautiful photo of this elegant architecture, the composition is very nice, great lights and details, splendid shot,
Nicou (117230) 2014-03-17 3:20
quelle iamge sueprbe édiffice et sous la pluie c'est aussi bien de montrer des images sous la pluie quelle vue et ocmpo sueprbe avec les personnages et la touche de couelur.
Bravo et amitié
Royaldevon (26793) 2014-03-17 3:29
I remembered you saying you were going to Paris and was waiting for the photographs. It is such a disappointment when it rains, after all the anticipation! Nevertheless, you have taken a fine shot of this church despite the rainy conditions. The details of this imposing building are perfectly clear and the colours fine.
I like how you have used the crossing as a lead to viewers. Ha! Ha! useful to viewers but not necessarily so to pedestrians!
Have a lovely day,
timecapturer (45605) 2014-03-17 3:30
a shot that proves you can make amazing images despite the raindrops. A perfect POV with the crossing drawing us in and lots of wonderful detail. You have captured the height and imposing beauty of this wonderful church superbly. Like it a lot!
Have a good week - B.
arnie (1763) 2014-03-17 3:41
Even with the rain this is a fine shot, good light management and a very impressive frontage great detail.
Fis2 (82342) 2014-03-17 3:53
Beautiful church, wonderful facade!
Good frame, excellent details.
Rain does not bother.
Have a nice afternoon
Sergiom (55247) 2014-03-17 5:27
Il semblerait que la pluie soit terminée sur Paris aujourd'hui, pour laisser place à un ciel de pollution.A choisir, je prendrais la pluie. Les pavés mouillés sont toujours photogéniques.
Noel_Byrne (21392) 2014-03-17 5:31
You captured exquisite detail in this incredible church, it's facade could entrained my eyes for a long time, as I look from statue to ornamentation to that great sunburst in the centre. Amazing too that the rain has not at all negatively affected the scene, there is still a nice tint of blue to the sky that compliments the grey stone very well. Very nicely done, and a great note to accompany too.
Happy st Patricks day from Ireland.
jadesgran (5057) 2014-03-17 11:46
The architecture of this church is amazing and I like the lead in with the zebra crossing.
It may have been an overcast day,but you have produced an excellent take with outstanding clarity.
Silvio1953 (116809) 2014-03-17 12:21
Ciao Stephen, great view of fantastic facade, despite bad weatjer fine details, wonderful colors, splendid light and excellent clarity, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
pierrefonds (55228) 2014-03-17 16:42
La présence des gens ajoute de la vie à la scène. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs de l'architecture de l'église Saint-Paul et Saint-Louis. La pluie ne nuit pas au rendu des couleurs. Bonne soirée.
Corry (4508) 2014-03-17 21:07
Très belle photo de cette église dont la façade est magnifique. Très belles couleurs. Bonne netteté de l'image. Bien fait.
carlo62 (28333) 2014-03-17 23:37
questa chiesa non la ricordo, ma Parigi è talmente grande che è quasi impossibile vedere tutto quello che può offrire.
Strano taglio quello che hai scelto, il avrei optato per un taglio verticale eliminando il più possibile i palazzi laterali, ma in questo modo hai ripreso anche la signora a sinistra con il suo ombrello rosso che ci sta proprio bene.
ChrisJ (94828) 2014-03-18 15:44
The baroque style of architecture is interesting. Not too much of it in Australia, if any! The diffused light here works well here allowing maximum shadow detail. The people carrying umbrellas animate the scene and provide scale. Tfs!
Didi (55145) 2014-03-19 0:44
Interesting view on this church
The lights are OK on the building but the sky is a little bit washed, this is normal in photography
If you measure on the sky, the picture will be underexposed
But it's possible to adust in post processing
I have done a WS
Romano46 (16580) 2014-03-19 9:48
la pioggia non ti ha impedito di fare questa bella foto, anzi la presenza dell'asfalto bagnato e dei passanti con l'ombrello aggiunge una nota di colore che si contrappone al colore slavato del cielo.
Ottima sia la composizione che la nitidezza.
Ciao e buona serata
macjake (52888) 2014-03-19 16:30
looks like you have a large lean and some perspective going on aswell with the subject :)
just like in my last post haha :)
this is an incredible building, heck, even the red door alone is spectacular! and i love the tall pillars. thats a very attractive entrance.
Cricri (101805) 2014-03-20 6:16
Une façade de l'église vraiment magnifique, excellent détails et les touches de couleurs rouges et le cadran, belle présentation un jour de pluie
- Copyright: Stephen Nunney (snunney) (79973)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-03-00
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 1100D, Canon 18-55mm EF-S f/3.5-5.6 IS
- Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-03-17 1:03